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California Policy Advocate (Bilingual)

Sacramento CA

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

UCS seeks a smart and savvy advocate for renewable energy, electric vehicles, and other science-based solutions to climate change. You will be joining a team of California-based colleagues who are working to further the Golden State’s leadership on these issues, providing a much-needed example to the world of how to decarbonize a major economy while preparing for the unavoidable impacts of a changing climate, and delivering equitable solutions that benefit all Californians. As our California Policy Advocate, you will represent UCS on these issues to legislative offices and committees, administration and agency staff, other non-profits, civic and community organizations, environmental justice partners, and other stakeholders. You’ll also work closely with other UCS staff to integrate our policy advocacy with our research and outreach, develop materials (in Spanish, as needed), represent UCS at events, and represent UCS to Spanish-language media.



Help shape and implement advocacy efforts in support of the UCS policy agenda for California

Educate California policymakers, staff, and stakeholders about UCS’s views on policy issues relating to climate change, transportation, and energy.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with CA state legislative offices and committees, as well as administration and agency officials.

Write and edit advocacy materials in English and Spanish. Involve UCS analysts to provide technical information on transportation, energy, and climate policy as necessary.

Represent UCS at public events and conferences. Present information on UCS policy agenda to various groups, including regulators, legislative committees, and civic and community organizations (in English and Spanish).

Respond to Spanish-language press inquiries, as needed, on issues related to California policy work.

Track relevant legislation, hearings, and activities in the state legislature.


Qualifications and experience

You’ll need a substantive understanding of the legislative process, advocacy techniques, legislative strategy, and policymaking, as well as familiarity with the relevant legislative committees. Excellent oral and written communications skills are essential, as is an understanding of how advocacy fits in to effective issue campaigns. Background and policy expertise in clean energy and climate change is strongly preferred. Position also requires the ability to learn quickly, and strong time management skills.

This position requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience. Proven advocacy and communication skills, along with experience working either in state legislature, as a lobbyist, or for NGOs working to influence governmental decision-making, is necessary. Applicants should also demonstrate strong research skills, a positive, team-oriented work ethic, and the ability to work in a deadline-driven environment.

Applicant must be fluent in Spanish.

A bachelor’s degree is required, and a master’s degree or JD is desirable. Proficiency in word processing and database software is required.

May require extended periods at a computer. May need to occasionally lift and carry boxes of supplies or publications. May spend extended periods out of the office. Approximately one-day per week travel to the West Coast office in Oakland, California is required.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.


UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.


Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in a satellite office in Sacramento, CA. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $58,500. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.


To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “CA Policy Advocate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 10, 2018 or until filled.

Posted July 31, 2018

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